It is said that food can feed the soul. So it seems to follow when you live away from home, naturally you crave foods you grew up with. Strangely enough this food is often junk food and/or comfort food, often foods you haven’t eaten in years. One of the most common topics you’ll hear among expat communities is about where to get familiar foods, so this will be a regular subject on this blog.
As an example of what I’m talking about, over the weekend I got a craving for classic American Buffalo Hot Wings (which I don’t remember eating in at least 4 years). As you would expect here in Sydney, you cannot simply go to your local bar and order them, nor can you go to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of wings hot sauce. So I put on the apron and got myself busy in the kitchen.
It turned out better than I expected, so I thought I’d share the recipes with you:garlic powder or substitute ¼ teaspoon garlic salt and omit salt 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce (If unavailable, use Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce and omit garlic powder) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter Cooking oil spray for trays Celery and carrot sticks for on the side Blue Cheese Dressing (see recipe below if you want to make your own) Preparation: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C. Line one or two baking trays with foil and spray liberally with cooking oil. If necessary, cut whole wings into two pieces. In a large bowl sprinkle wings with the oil and salt and stir to coat. Add flour to a large plastic bag. Using tongs, add the chicken pieces in batches and shake to coat evenly. Using tongs, remove chicken from the bag, shaking off excess flour, and spread out evenly. Do NOT crowd! Baked for about 20 minutes, turn pieces over using tongs.Cook another 15 – 20 minutes until pieces are browned and cooked through. While the pieces are baking, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off when thoroughly combined. Set aside. While you’re waiting, slice carrots and celery for serving. Either make blue cheese dressing (recipe below) or pour ready-made dressing into a serving bowl. After the chicken is cooked, using tongs remove all of the pieces from the trays and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the sauce over the pieces and toss with a spoon to coat completely. Serve with cut celery and carrot sticks and blue cheese dressing.
Blue Cheese DressingPrep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Yield: 12 Tablespoons/6 ounces or roughly 3/4 Cup Ingredients 2 1/2 ounces blue cheese 3 tablespoons buttermilk or whole milk 3 tablespoons sour cream 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder salt and freshly ground black pepper Preparation Crumble blue cheee into a small bowl. Mash blue cheese and buttermilk/milk together with a fork until mixture resembles large-curd cottage cheese. Stir in sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and garlic powder until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
What are some of your comfort foods? Where do you find them in your area?